Cross-country for charity? Too fat? Is this feasible?
Dear friends at Bikeforums.net,
I'd like to introduce myself- I am 29 years old, I weigh in the neighborhood of 450lbs and I am going to ride a bicycle across the United States of America to help raise money and awareness for charity. I am debating on the charity at this time but have pretty much narrowed it down to either Autism Awareness or World Hunger. I hope to accomplish this massive feat because I don't know of any other way to help. I guess deep down I feel if a 450lb man can ride 4,000 miles then nothing is out of reach.
My basic plan is to either ride the Southern tier route by ACA or the Transam. If I do do the transamerica route I will start in Berea, KY since that is the closet town on the trail to me. I flirted with an electric bike but have pretty much decided on getting a bike like http://www.industrialbicycles.com/He...erTricycle.htm I understand that this particular bike is not meant for long distances but at my weight I don't believe any other bike would hold up!
Questions I have-
How can I find out if I'd be the fattest person to go cross-country?
How far would I have to travel to be considered cross-country? The southern tier is only 3,000 miles while Kentucky to Oregon would be 3,800 miles.
Anyway to get sponsored?
I would love to hear your thoughts on this whole project. Especially if you have some advice to raise money for the charity.